Coming off a 39-point performance his last time out, McDermott
hit 13-of-14 free throws and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds.
Austin Chatman scored 11 points, Ethan Wragge added nine and Grant
Gibbs contributed eight assists and seven points off the bench for
Creighton (19-3, 9-1 Big East), which has won four in a row overall
and 15 straight at home.
Brandon Young led the Blue Demons (10-14, 2-9) with 16 points but
was just 5-of-17 from the floor. Forrest Robinson scored 11 points
off the bench for DePaul, which lost its sixth straight game — the
last four of which have come without suspended leading scorer
Durrell McDonald scored five points in less than a minute and
Robinson drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions as the Blue
Demons pulled within 57-56 with nine minutes left. Wragge gave the
Bluejays some separation with a shot from beyond the arc moments
later and McDermott had a personal 9-0 run to make it 73-60 with
under three minutes remaining as Creighton finished strong.
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McDermott's layup gave the Bluejays a commanding 31-17 lead with
eight minutes left in the first half before the Blue Demons closed
the stanza with a 14-8 run to get within eight points at the break.
Young had five points in the surge and capped another burst early in
the second to trim DePaul's deficit to 41-38.
GAME NOTEBOOK: McDermott became the first player since Indiana's
Calbert Cheaney (1989-93) to record 1,000 career field goals and the
fourth player in Creighton history to amass 1,000 rebounds. He also
moved past former Duke star J.J. Redick and into 16th place on the
NCAA all-time scoring list. ... DePaul had a 41-31 rebounding
advantage, grabbing 16 on the offensive end. ... G Billy Garrett Jr.
had nine points and five of the Blue Demons' 10 assists.
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